Rico Haas

MSc Student in Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Academic Career

Past Projects:
Attention & Form (Cluster of Excellence «Image Knowledge Gestaltung», Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Neural Mechanisms Underlying Paedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse, (Institute of Sexuology and Sexual Medicine, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
Group and Gender Effects in Charitable Donations (HU Berlin)
Piloting project: Eye-Tracking in Ecologically Valid Contexts (HU Berlin and Tillburg University)
(In)credible Research – Early Career Researchers Conference (Berlin University Alliance)

Current Projects:
Long-Term Effects of Serotonergic Hallucinogens and Cannabis (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
Meta-science of cannabis (in prep.) (Meta-Research Innovation Centre at Stanford and in Berlin)

Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS)
American Psychological Society (APS)
AG Psychotrope Substanzen (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

Next Academic/Vocational Goal

After my MSc programme, I would like to start a PhD focussing on medicinal cannabis, serotonergic
hallucinogens, and meta-research.

Personal aims:
Improving research into the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and serotonergic hallucinogens.
Contributing in the long run to alleviating the global burden of mental illness.
Advocating for a rational and informed drug policy.
Disseminating evidence-based information and educate practitioners, students, and scientific as well as
lay communities.

Topic During The Research Class

Evidence for antipsychotic effects of CBD and cannabinoids for treating mental disorders.
General outcome: Evidence of the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in mental disorders is scarce.
High-quality meta-analyses and systematic reviews are in demand. More RCTs with larger, more diverse samples, more transparency, and solid theoretical frameworks are needed to advance our knowledge.

What Fascinates Me About Cannabis

To combat prohibition and prejudice, scientific research needs to be robust, credible, and reproducible.
Thus, science can generate reliable knowledge, build public trust in the great potential of cannabis for health and well-being, and ultimately improve people’s lives.
I want to be part of this exciting development with the utmost drive and passion.